Music Appreciation


  2. A. Course Title: Music Appreciation
    B. Course Number: MU 213 - 10209
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: M W F 9:00:00 AM - 9:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Patman, Rebecca
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:30:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 9:30:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 9:30:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Monday: 7:00:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 7:00:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 7:15:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Friday: 7:00:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Saturday: 02:15:00 PM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): College reading level.
    M. Corequisite(s): NA
    N. Class Location: WH105

    This course explores the ideas of music in society and its cultural relevance. The course fulfills the Humanities requirement for non-music majors in an associate degree program. The students will discuss the elements of sound and music, and stylistically explore four major periods in Western art and music. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is an introduction to various musical styles through extensive listening. Course content includes a survey of Western art music as well as examples of blues, jazz, musical theater, rock, and non-Western music. The course is intended for entry-level college students (either non majors or majors); no prior musical experience is necessary for success in the class.



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    Written Assignments, Listening/Concert Reports-20%

    Five Tests-50%

    Attendance / Participation-20%

    Final Exam 10%

    Resulting in:

    90% - 100% = A 80% - 89% = B
    70% - 79% = C 60% - 69% = D


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Music Department uses the Core Competencies established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
    • Analyze and critically interpret significant primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine
    art, literature, music, theatre, and film).
    • Compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical
    periods and/or structures (e.g., political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious,
    • Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods
    and/or cultural perspectives.
    • Draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following:
    contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.


    The primary objective of this course will be to give the student an understanding of the development of Western Music from the Middle Ages to the present day. In addition, some attention will be given to Jazz and Non-Western Music. The student should be able to understand the major trends in Western music as well as its function in society, while looking at parallels with other fine arts.

    All music students should:
    1. Recognize the value of music to our culture, community, and individual experience.
    2. Learn the development of musicians, performers, music educators, scholars, music business, music therapy, and musicology.
    3. Receive a sound preparation to further study in music education, business and/or performance.
    4. Have opportunities to perform, study, create, and experience music.
    5. Create an artistic environment which fosters the development of personal realizations that are essential to the fabric of a healthy society.


    N.B. Attendance is mandatory.
    Absences may be excused: Please provide a written document with legitimate proof.
    Concerning legitimate proof, I will only accept:
    1. Medical Doctor’s memo.
    2. NMJC professor’s memo.
    3. A document indicating an
    immediate family member’s
    (or other urgent matters)
    Only then will make-up tests be given and late assignments be accepted.
    After 3 absences, your grade will be down a letter, e.g. A becomes B.
    After 5 absences, your grade will be down from A to C.
    After 7 absences, you may receive an F in the final grade.
    Two late (15 minutes) attendances will be regarded as one absence.

    Final exam is Tuesday May 7, 2019 10:00am to 12:45pm, Watson Hall


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    First Assignment due within the first two weeks of the semester: *A written student biography with special attention to musical genre.
    Unit I. Basic vocabulary of musical terms and concepts. Defining and understanding Sound, Rhythm, Melodies, etc.
    Unit II. Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Eras. Studying Gregorian Chant, the works of Josquin de Prez, and J.S. Bach
    Unit III. Classical Era. Studying Sonata Form and composers such as Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven.
    Unit IV. Romantic Era. Studying style and form from composers such as Schumann, Brahms, and Dvorak.
    Unit V. Contemporary era. Studying composers such as Schoenberg and the invention of the twelve-tone system. As well as popular film composers such as John Williams.
    Unit VI. Blues, Jazz, Rock, and Country past and present.
    Unit VII. Comparison of all eras.
    Each unit involves listening examples and recognition of different eras.
    Final exam Tuesday May 7, 2019 10:00am to 12:45pm, Watson Hall